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In this week's blog, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Tee Elliott, a freelance make up artist specialising in editorial work , fashion, bridal, tv, film and sfx. She holds an ITEC Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make Up and was one of the top ten makeup artists choosen by Val Garland on online Makeup Mastered course. Her work has been published in various International and Irish magazines and newspapers. She has also worked on productions for music video, film and television.
Most recently, Tee has launched her own professional make-up magazine called Solick, a magazine purely dedicated to Irish make-up artists here in Ireland and abroad.
How did you come up with the idea for your magazine?
The idea came to me while I was in the shower about 2 years ago. I noticed that we makeup artists are so wrapped up with social media makeup that we end up limiting ourselves to certain genres. In particular, I’m concerned that this may influence young artists, stifling their creativity, which can only have negative consequences for our industry. Solick is for artists, to encourage them to play with makeup, experiment with new techniques, be creative, think outside the box, be different and to find themselves in the process. We make mistakes as we learn, and that’s how we grow. Ireland has many talented artists but at the same time there is no platform for them to showcase their talents on a regular basis.
Where did the name Solick come from?
Originally I wanted to name the magazine "SOLEK," which means makeup in Malay, my native language. But after discussing names with my best friend Taine King, who is a photographer, and she suggested "Solick" which is the english pronunciation of 'SOLEK'. It also sounds great and is a conversation starter!
How do you advertise your magazine?
We are mainly using social media and word of mouth. There is a huge Makeup Community in Dublin and the magazine is the only one of its kind, which is a magazine for makeup artists. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What else do you do when you are not working on Solick? And how do you find the time to put it all together?
I work in many different makeup genres; TV, film, fashion, corporate and also the Opera scene. But lately I am extremely busy working for three different clothing brands for their online content and campaigns. I also teach full time for a Make-Up ITEC course at one of Dublin's make-up colleges in the city centre.
Working as a freelancer has advantages, I have down time and busy days so any down time available I will be sitting in front of my computer organizing everything, from writing/answering emails, looking for contributors, moodboards, researching and gathering content for Solick Magazine.
Who else assists in creating the magazine? What is the process like?
The Main contributor is my designer Michelle Walsh, none of this would be happening if not for her! She is responsible for putting the magazine together.
The process is simple for me-- every issue we try to feature one artist as our main featurein the magazine. In my free time, I scout social media looking for Irish hidden talents. I am not bothered by a makeup artist's online following, but rather their work-- what standard of work they produce, and could it be cover worthy (as creating the cover takes the most time to organise and shoot!) When we do shoot for the cover I always like to give the artist free reign and control to produce their vision, however it must stay within the Solick standards and aesthetic.
Solick Magazine are always on the look-out for Irish talent to feature in their magazine-- if you think you've got what it takes, email Tee at email@example.com!
Thank you very much to Tee Elliott for taking the time out of our busy schedule to answer a few of our questions-- we can't wait for the next issue of SOLICK!